How to Choose an Estate Administrator?

On behalf of The Law Office of Wickersham and Bowers posted in Estate Planning on Monday November 14, 2022.

When your loved one dies, you probably need assistance in settling his/her estate, loans, property, and other affairs. Whether you leave a will or not, some rules and regulations directed by the court need to be followed. Hence, it is essential to find the right person as an administrator that will handle your estate and property issues.

What is an Administrator?

An administrator is a person appointed for a deceased person in case he/she did not already have an executor to follow through with his will. The administrator is usually appointed by the court, or the family can select the person to deal with the will.

What to look for in an Administrator?

It can be very challenging for the family to select the right person that will be dealing with their family matters and the division of property. The following characteristics are considered important to be an administrator.

Objectivity

The person dealing with your family affairs and politics needs to be dynamic and logical. The person should be committed to putting your will into action and should be able to resist persuasion from certain family members.

Location

Many people would not consider this a priority, but your estate administrator being close to you highly affects how the will is put into action. The administrator should be close to you in order to know the local laws and be there in case of any emergencies.

Availability

The administrator should have a flexible schedule and ample time to tend to your affairs. Do not go for an administrator that has a lot of cases on his hands and cannot give your case the time it needs.

Willingness

Before choosing an administrator, make sure you ask them whether they are up for this duty or not. Make sure that they have time and will take full responsibility for your work. Ensuring this helps avoid any misunderstanding in the future.

Punctuality and Other Organizational Skills

The administrator should be there on time for your court meetings and other activities. They should also have promising emotional, communication, and interpersonal skills to deal with family members and the court.

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